Monthly Challenge Wrap-Up

I skipped April because I didn’t feel like I read enough to warrant a blog post, sadly May wasn’t much better. I’ll be combining them into this post so it makes it look like I actually read some books! Thankfully I feel the reading bug coming back so I’m hoping June will be a better month for me.

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Flights of Fantasy Challenge

Goal: 20

Read this month: 5

Total read so far: 15

The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine, The End of Oz by Danielle Paige, Hallowed by Cynthia Hand, A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas and Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

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New Release Challenge

Goal: 1-30 books

Read this month: 3

Total read so far: 10

The End of Oz by Danielle Paige released March 14, 2017, The Radium Girls by Kate Moore released April 18, 2017, and A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas released May 2, 2017

2017 Library Love Challenge

Library Love Challenge

Goal: 36 books

Read this month: 5

Total read so far: 12

The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine, Hallowed by Cynthia Hand, Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham, The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher and Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

2017 Reading Challenge

2017 Reading Challenge
Mandy has
read 29 books toward
her goal of
52 books.
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Goodreads Challenge

Goal: 52

Read this month: 8

Total read so far: 28

The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine, The End of Oz by Danielle Paige, The Radium Girls by Kate Moore, Hallowed by Cynthia Hand, A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas, Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham, The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher and Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

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In the Kitchen – Rice Krispie Peep Pie

Here’s a quick and easy dessert you can whip up this weekend for Easter that is sure to be a hit. Get creative with it and do whatever design you feel like. When I started making mine I had no clue what I was going to do and kind of just started placing things on top and voila my creation was made!

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Ingredients

  • 6 cups rice krispies
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 package marshmallows
  • Frosting
  • Peeps
  • M&M’s

Directions

  1. Melt butter and marshmallows together
  2. Once melted turn off heat and add rice krispies
  3. Spray pan of choice and put rice krispies in pan
  4. Let cool (I stuck mine in the freezer for a little bit)
  5. Once cool frost top of rice krispies like a cake
  6. Add Peeps and M&M’s as desired

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Hope you guys enjoy and have a great Easter weekend!

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Monthly Challenge Wrap-Up

Apparently March was not my month for reading! I only finished 4 books. I think it can partly be blamed on my new obsession with the show Reign. I started watching on Netflix and just couldn’t stop watching, I’m just starting season 3 this week. I also felt like the books I picked up this month didn’t really hold my attention and weren’t books that I couldn’t wait to finish.

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Flights of Fantasy Challenge

Goal: 20

Read this month: 3

Total read so far: 10

Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan, King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard and After Impact by Nicole Stark

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New Release Challenge

Goal: 1-30 books

Read this month: 2

Total read so far: 7

King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard released February 7, 2017 and After Impact by Nicole Stark released February 2017

2017 Library Love Challenge

Library Love Challenge

Goal: 36 books

Read this month: 0

Total read so far: 7

 

2017 Reading Challenge

2017 Reading Challenge
Mandy has
read 19 books toward
her goal of
52 books.
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Goodreads Challenge

Goal: 52

Read this month: 4

Total read so far: 20

Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan, King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard, The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer and After Impact by Nicole Stark

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Monthly Challenge Wrap-Up

I am so sorry that this monthly update is so late, March is basically over but I wanted to hold myself accountable and still get Februarys up. Between moving and then my computer breaking and having to bring it to the Apple store to be fixed this post fell to the back burner and I apologize. I didn’t do much reading due to the fact that February is a short month, plus I was packing and unpacking for most of the month.

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Flights of Fantasy Challenge

Goal: 20

Read this month: 2

Total read so far: 7

First Life by Gena Showalter and Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

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New Release Challenge

Goal: 1-30 books

Read this month: 4

Total read so far: 5

Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray comes out April 4, 2017, The Goddesses by Swan Huntley comes out July 25, 2017, The Takedown by Corrie Wang comes out April 11, 2017, and Geekerella by Ashley Poston comes out April 4, 2017.

2017 Library Love Challenge

Library Love Challenge

Goal: 36 books

Read this month: 2

Total read so far: 7

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher and Firstlife by Gena Showalter

2017 Reading Challenge

2017 Reading Challenge
Mandy has
read 19 books toward
her goal of
52 books.
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Goodreads Challenge

Goal: 52

Read this month: 6

Total read so far: 16

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, Firstlife by Gena Showalter, Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray, The Goddesses by Swan Huntley comes, The Takedown by Corrie Wang, and Geekerella by Ashley Poston

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Monthly Challenge Wrap-Up

I actually read a surprising amount this month, 10 books in total! That may be the highest amount of books I’ve read in a month ever. I started the month off with a quick series and also spent about 4 days in bed thanks to the flu that I’m sure helped me finish more than usual. Next month is a short month, plus we are moving so I don’t expect to read as many, but that’s ok.

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Flights of Fantasy Challenge

Goal: 20

Read this month: 5

Unhinged by A.G. Howard, Truthwitch by Susan Dennard, Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman, Hollow City by Ransom Riggs and Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

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New Release Challenge

Goal: 1-30 books

Read this month: 1

Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse comes out March 7, 2017

2017 Library Love Challenge

Library Love Challenge

Goal: 36 books

Read this month: 5 same books as Flights of Fantasy challenge

2017 Reading Challenge

Mandy has
read 10 books toward
her goal of
52 books.
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Goodreads Challenge

Goal: 52

Read this month: 10

Paper Princess by Erin Watt, Broken Prince by Erin Watt, Twisted Palace by Erin Watt, Unhinged by A.G. Howard, Truthwitch by Susan Dennard, Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman, Hollow City by Ransom Riggs, Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas, Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse and Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira

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2017 Reading Challenges

I know that we are 2 weeks into the new year already, but because I read so much last year I thought it would be fun to join some reading challenges for 2017. I’ve spent the last couple of days searching all different book blogs and picking out some of my favorite challenges that I think I can do well in.

Flights of Fantasy Challenge

Runs: January-December

Challenge: Read as many fantasy books as possible in 2017. There is also a FOF book club book picked quarterly

Goal: My personal goal that I’ve set is 20 books, I’m pretty sure I can meet that and even exceed it but I don’t want to get too carried away.

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New Release Challenge

Runs: January-December

Challenge: Read and review 2017 new releases

Goal: There are different levels to this challenge and I’m thinking I’ll probably be level one since I get most of my books from the library.

  1. 1-30 books per year – New Release Newbie
  2. 31-60 books per year – New Release Pro
  3. 61-100 books per year – New Release Veteran
  4. 101-200 books per year – New Release Enthusiast
  5. 200+ books per year – New Release Obsessed
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Library Love Challenge

Runs: January-December

Challenge: Read books borrowed from your library instead of buying them

Goal: I’m hoping to reach at least 36 books read that were from the library, while I get most of my books from the library to save money I have a feeling this year I may be buying more as well to compete in these other challenges.

  • Dewey Decimal: read 12 books
  • Thrifty Reader: read 24 books
  • Overdrive Junkie: read 36 books
  • Library Card on Fire: read 50+ books

 

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January Goals

I realize that we are now 10 days into the month, but I saw Kristin from SuperSpaceChick post her small monthly goals and thought it was a great idea and something I wanted to do as well. I’m always writing things down in my planner, but I figured if I write them here on the blog and have to do a followup post I would be more accountable.

  1. We move the second weekend of February so I’m really trying to focus on de-cluttering while packing. There is actually a new Plato’s Closet opening up near my work and I really want to bring my shoes and jewelry that I won’t wear anymore there so I can get some cash for it.
  2. Look presentable for work. Most mornings I am way too lazy to take the hour to blowdry and straighten my hair so I just throw it up in a bun and call it a day. I used to straighten my hair every single day, but for some reason I’ve just gotten lazy and I want to get better about that.
  3. Prepare lunches for work. I am constantly planning on making something and then decided I’m too tired and I’ll just grab something from the grocery store near my work. This adds up pretty quickly and doesn’t always equal the healthiest meals. I used to meal prep every single meal back when I was doing crossfit so I know it can be done, it’s just a matter of me not being lazy.

I would love to hear what some of your monthly goals are or if you’re sticking to a new years resolution.

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